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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls DLC Confirmed By Blizzard During Gamescom Press Conference

By Scott Craft on August 22, 2013 1:20 PM EDT 0

Find out everything we know about Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, the newly announced Diablo 3 DLC which Blizzard showed off for the first time during the company's gamescom press conference on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the annual gaming convention played host to similar events organized by Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. Here's everything we know about Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls so far. (PHOTO: Blizzard)
Find out everything we know about Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, the newly announced Diablo 3 DLC which Blizzard showed off for the first time during the company's gamescom press conference on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the annual gaming convention played host to similar events organized by Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. Here's everything we know about Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls so far. (PHOTO: Blizzard)

[UPDATE 8/26 1:20pm EST] Blizzard has confirmed that the team working on Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is only focused on development of the PC version of the new expansion at this time; however, the studio is already teasing a Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls console release too. Head over to VG24/7 for more.

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More than a year after Diablo 3 debuted to a mixture of fanfare and criticism last summer, it seems Blizzard is finally ready to discuss their Diablo 3 DLC plans, with the studio opting to formally reveal the upcoming Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls DLC during their gamescom 2013 press conference on Wednesday.

Of course, Blizzard all but confirmed the upcoming Diablo 3 DLC themselves, just days before the company was set to reveal the Reaper of Souls add-on to those fortunate in Cologne. Without explanation, a new subsection was added to the Diablo 3 page on Battle.net last week, featuring an unmarked doorway and a single quote from the soon-to-be-released Diablo 3: Book of Tyrael.

Finally, after a few weeks of teasers, Blizzard executives took the stage for their company's gamescom 2013 press conference on Tuesday, and revealed the first official content from the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls DLC to a packed house of journalists and reporters attending the annual video game convention in Cologne. The studio also brought a playable demo of the new Diablo 3 DLC to gamescom, which will be available to anyone attending the show and willing to wait in a line that is undoubtedly wrapped around Blizzard's gamescom booth.

So, what's changing in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls?

According to Blizzard, the new Diablo 3 DLC will increase the game's level cap from 60 to 70, add a fifth Act to the Diablo 3 campaign, introduce new game modes, and an all-new Crusader class that wields a combination of battle magic and heavy armor to battle Diablo's minions. New enemies and loot show up in the Diablo 3 DLC too, theoretically guaranteeing dozens of hours of additional game play; however, I suspect no amount of additional content would prevent the most diehard Diablo 3 players from trying to see all the new game additions within 24 hours of the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls release date.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PHOTO: Blizzard)
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PHOTO: Blizzard)

Unfortunately, Blizzard didn't offer an exact release date for the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls DLC, or any sort of guidance on when Diablo 3 players could expect to get their hands on the first batch of Diablo 3 DLC. Given that only a few months remain in 2013, the lack of comment on a proper Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls release date has us thinking that Blizzard doesn't plan to release the Diablo 3 DLC any earlier than 2014.

It's also unclear if/when console players can expect to get their hands on the first round of Diablo 3 DLC, though it's certainly not outside the realm of possibility that Blizzard could be planning to include Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls with the purchase of a console version of the base game.

[UPDATE 8/23 9:10am EST] We've added video of Blizzard's entire Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls presentation to the bottom of the article, alongside the Diablo 3 DLC teaser trailer which debuted at gamescom earlier this week. 

If you'd like to see a few more screenshots from the upcoming Diablo 3 DLC, head over to the official Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls website, or check out the game's reveal trailer below:

Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com and follow Scott on Twitter for more on Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and any/all future Diablo 3 DLC as we continue to follow development of Blizzard's hit action-RPG in the weeks and months to come.

Are you looking forward to the release of the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls DLC? Planning to create a new Crusader once the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls DLC is available for download? Were you expecting more from Blizzard's big Diablo 3 DLC reveal at gamescom 2013?

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